A discussion about cancer is everyone’s greatest fear. Noone wishes to face the reality of death and its possibility. Cancer brings that. In the case of a loved one, discussing what could happen is even more painful. It is important to learn how to talk to our loved ones about cancer or the great “what if”. It is important to have that conversation without losing hope.
The article, “How to Talk to a Loved One Dying From Cancer” by John Edwards states,
On the other hand, avoiding talking about death can create unnecessary tension, irritation, and that can detach you from having some memorable moments with the people you care about. And it will only elevate the sense of loneliness, excessive fear, and sadness for both of you.
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End of life discussions can be very difficult but they are important. Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology program and see if it matches your professional and academic goals.